General engineering studies

IMT Lille Douai trains general engineers with a strong digital content, leading to a general engineering degree.

The course is taught on a module-basis, to permit students to customise their courses. Internships throughout the syllabus enable students put their knowledge into practice, and build up a portfolio of professional skills during their studies.

schéma du cursus de formation ingénieur généraliste

General Engineering 5-year course

Undergraduate engineering studies after the Baccalaureate (L1-L2) Ouvrir le menu

IMT Lille Douai admits students with a Science Baccalaureate, after a competitive recruitment process.

Students are mainly based at Lille for the first two years, where they study a core course curriculum and discover the school’s key areas of expertise. Students complete two 2-3 month internships during the first two years.

In Year 1, students visit laboratories and companies, carry out practical work and attend conferences. This permits students become familiar with the main requirements, stakeholders, sectors and specific skills in each subject area, prior to deciding on their careers and a second internship during Semester 2, in Year 1.

In addition to these introductory modules, the first two years after the Baccalaureate, focus on a range of mandatory or elective modules in various subject areas:

Core science modules

  • Mathematics: Real Analysis, Basic Probabilities, Linear Algebra, Variables and Random Discrete Vectors and Digital Mathematical Methods (Python)
  • Physics: Geometric Optics, Inference and Diffraction, Steady State Kinetics, Vibration Modes, Electrostatics and Magnetostatics, Material Physics, Electromagnetism and Propagation, Material Point Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Atomism, General Chemistry and Electro-kinetics (steady states)
  • Digital Science and Technology: Linear Systems (Laplace transformation), Analogue Electronics, Introduction to Computing, Logic and Networks, Algorithms, Programming, Complexity and Digital Electronics.
  • Human and Social Sciences / Corporate Science: An Introduction to Business and Business Structure, Introduction to Accounting, Economic Culture Current Events, Social Science Methodology, International Economics, International Management, Expression and Communication Techniques and Project Management.

Elective modules (Semester 2, Year 2):

Choice from: Signal Mathematics, Material Physics, Advanced Chemistry, Material Transformation, Software Engineering Technology, Signal Technology and Electronics, etc.

Year 3: a joint year, accessible after a preparatory class or a DUT Ouvrir le menu

Students can study the IMT Lille Douai engineering syllabus, straight from Year 3, after a preparatory class or admission on individual merit.

Year 3 is important to garner a group spirit between students from different, yet complementary, courses. All students spend all year on the same campus, in Douai, regardless of their initial education.

Students study refresher or introductory units subject to previous educational experience before joining IMT Lille Douai:

  • Basic science refresher course for students joining after the Baccalaureate.
  • Introduction to business conferences and laboratory visits study modules. Course in economics, or additional computing, for students joining in Year 3.

Year 3 is also organised around various mandatory and elective modules:

  • Basic science modules, including Probability Analysis (integral transformations, Fourier Series, EDP, discrete and continuous probabilities) and Engineering Statistics (descriptive statistics, estimations, tests, variance analysis and linear regressions)
  • Digital Science and Technology: From Sensors to Instruments, Programming: aims and data organisation, Databases (DBMS), Networks and Signal Theory
  • Elective modules (choice of 8 scientific subjects): Solid Mechanics, Material Resistance, Design and Drafting, Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Process Engineering, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Industrial Electricity, Automated Systems, Industrial Networks, WEB Technology, Digital Systems, Digital Signal Processing, etc.
  • Human and Social Sciences – Corporate Science: Production Accounting and Management, Business Strategy, Human Resource Management, Business and Companies, Project Management, Open Projects, Career Paths, Internship Research.

Project work arrangements begin in Year 3, with an open project throughout the school year:

  • Students form groups of 4 to 6, to solve a real case for one of the school’s external customers. Projects can be non-profit, humanitarian, scientific or technical.

Year 3 ends with a 3-month internship.

The course is taught using a module-based approach that lets students tailor their learning to one or two of the school’s 4 areas of excellence.

The last two years of the engineering syllabus really define the type of engineer students want to be. Ouvrir le menu

In the last two years of the engineering  syllabus, students choose options from scientific, technological or cross-disciplinary credit units (UV). Given the number of possible combinations, each student can choose from a wide range of study programmes. There are also credits for projects (research and business projects).

Ultimately, each student selects 11 credit units over Years 4 and 5 (6 in Year 4 (M1) and 5 in Year 5 (M2)), to build their study programme, based on their career path. Each credit unit comprises 100 course hours, split over 4 weeks.

Students can achieve the level of Specialist Engineer, if they take a course in a single subject area.

If they choose dual-subject syllabus, students become Hybrid, or Interdisciplinary Engineers. This enables them apply to their skills, for example, to smart housing, big data for environmental analysis and environmental building quality, etc. By hybridising their studies, for example, in engineering or management, students can study for a double degree. As a result, students can tailor their study programme to include, engineer/manager, engineer/health, telecom and aeronautics engineer, architect/engineer, profiles, etc.

Finally, students can also study an inter-cultural engineer profile option. As well as internships abroad, this profile can be developed though a double degree, with a foreign university, international student mobility and/or by opting for the course taught in English at the school.

Credit unit examples:

  • 3D Digital Entertainment Technologies
  • Polymer and composite product manufacturing
  • Quality culture
  • Sports car design and prototyping
  • Construction and sustainable development
  • Renewable energy for housing
  • Occupational and industrial risk assessment
  • Smart homes
  • Civil engineering materials
  • Mobile robotics software and applications
  • Smart object networks
  • Value and management
  • Management and corporate social responsibility
  • Financial market engineering
  • Sales and marketing
  • International economic factors
  • Automotive systems
  • Information techniques for health

At the end of Year 4 (M1), students can complete a 16-20 week internship abroad.

Semester 2, in Year 5 (M2), is devoted to a 24-week final year project with a private company.